Category Archives: the bright-side of the web

How do you respond to this?

Stunning cinematography.
Recognizable voices.
One clear message.

Nature Is Speaking. 

How will you respond?

From Conservation International, I invite you to watch (less than 2 mins)…

With the momentum of the world-wide People’s Climate March last week and the COP21 summit currently underway, help spread the message. 

Nature doesn’t need people. People need Nature.

Find more videos at NatureIsSpeaking.org
#100Possible #INeedNature #ClimateChange

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Dream of living off the grid? Now it’s easy! *THIS* is Awesome! Literally.

Truly, I am so excited to share this with you.

When I came across this, the possibilities (my favourite word) flooded my imagination.

Take a look and see for yourself.  I SO want one of these!!

The bed pulls out to sleep two and there’s even a shower and toilet!

How about you? Want one? What did you think? Could you see yourself living in one of these?

For more info go to EcoCapsule
YouTube video, thanks to ArchitecTube®

My New Boyfriends – yup, that’s plural…

4854024021_246f0153ecI LOVE these guys. Each of them. What can I say?

Each of them (there are three, sometimes four) are
Young.
Handsome.
Adventurous.
Intelligent.
Thoughtful.

…and they could be my sons.

What I love most about each is their ambition to shine a light on social problems and their ability to do it with compassion. 

But they don’t just go and interview folks to get a broad picture of their situation.

They put themselves in the shoes (or lack thereof) of their subjects.

They LIVE alongside them in order to fully understand their lives. 

And they film their journey so we too can understand.

Oh, and they are some of the best documentary filmmakers on the planet today. (In my opinion.) But I’m not alone. They have, and are, winning major awards for their work. 

But do they stop there? No.

They ask, “What Can I Do?” …then do it.

If you haven’t seen it yet, I urge you to watch their first film Living On One Dollar. Here’s the trailer:

Find out what you can do to help them help others. Visit their website.

Find out about their latest film, Salam Neighbor, on their website, or here

(Btw, I am not affiliated in any way with my “boyfriends”. In fact, it’s unlikely they know I exist. (Sniff) But I felt compelled to share their message with you, ’cause if you’re reading this, you’re likely like me and wanted to know about it. ~ You’re welcome!)

Warning: after you watch their film, you’ll want them as boyfriends too. 
Psssttt, you can watch it on Netflix or iTunes – just sayin’

Have you seen this film? What did you think?

Thanks to Taki Steve for the heart pic!

You HAVE To See This….

2015_0604_Zach-and-Chris_Social_VictoryZach, Chris and Sean, three average American twenty-somethings, wondered what life is really like for Syrian refugees.

So they embedded themselves in their refugee camp for a month, living alongside the Syrian families displaced from their homes.

They are the first non-Syrians allowed to live in the camp.

This film depicts their experience.

I invite you to watch their trailer and consider your life should this happen to you.

Is it time to re-think your views of your neighbours – those half way around the world…and those in your own hometown?

Today is World Refugee Day.
Spread their message far and wide.

Once Upon A… Stop! Listen to this First.

Stories we read as children stay with us as we grow and they shape how we see the world.  And that can be a problem.

In today’s Bright-Side-of-the-Web, I bring you novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s TED Talk entitled: The Danger of a Single Story.

A beautiful story-teller herself, Chimamanda eloquently relates her life experiences related to her encounters with the single story.

Enjoy:

 

If you enjoyed this TED Talk, below is a link to four more inspiring talks about the importance of educating girls.
Don’t you just LOVE TED!

Let’s expand our stories! 4 more TED links here: http://www.ted.com/playlists/193/the_importance_of_educating_gi

 

 

 

 

2 Quick Ways to Help Pave the Path from Poverty

For the last ten years or so, my extended family gathers for Christmas dinner but medium_12684133474instead of giving each other gifts, – we really don’t need anything – we all put whatever amount of money we feel we can afford to donate into a hat – money that would have gone toward store-bought gifts. Then each person puts in one suggestion of a charity that they would like to support. One suggestion gets drawn and the pot of money gets allocated to that charity with the suggester receiving the tax receipt.

My kids, age 6 & 9 when we began, even did extra chores throughout December so they could have money to contribute too. They were happy to pass up gifts from aunts, uncles and grandparents in order to give to a worthy cause (after all, they still got gifts from Santa).

The tradition of giving is not new at this time of year. Whether you think of giving as  a feel-good practice, a feeling of obligation, or maybe simply as a tax break before the year-end, the choices of places to donate are endless and varied.

That, my friends, is why I am so excited to share these two companies I’ve come across that I feel break the mould of traditional donation locations. (I get absolutely zero kick-back, I pinky swear!)

If you’re an entrepreneur, or know one, you know how hard it is to get a business off the ground.

Now add to that third-world conditions, very little money or food, and just struggling to survive from day-to-day.

What if there was a way that these people could help themselves get out of that situation using the skills they have and the knowledge of what they need based on their daily lives and traditions.

Well, the companies I’m about to reveal assist in entrepreneurial endeavours in medium_10833890384third-world countries, empowering citizens to create businesses that change the lives of thousands of their fellow countrymen and women.

Given a leg-up, these people are able to stand on their own and grow profitable businesses.  Money invested, once re-paid – and it is repaid – gets reinvested toward other entrepreneurs. A real pay-it-forward practice.

But don’t take my word for it, check out the websites for yourself and read about the hundreds of people, families and communities that are being helped to help themselves.

Being an entrepreneur myself, I know how much time and effort it takes to get a business off the ground and keep it rolling. I can’t imagine even attempting it, let alone thinking about it if faced with the challenges of poverty.

Wouldn’t a donation in the name of an entrepreneur you know – who really doesn’t need another reindeer sweater – make an excellent holiday gift(I can hear them thanking me now!)  You’d be saying, “Your entrepreneurial spirit has inspired me to give someone less fortunate the chance to succeed, just as you have.”

I can tell you from first-hand experience that it feels great to know my money is helping kick-start a chain reaction of good.

Please take a look and decide for yourself. 

Kiva
http://www.kiva.org/

The Acumen Fund
http://acumen.org/

Let’s start a chain of sharing. What’s your favourite place to donate to? Please share below. 

photo credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/miguelvirkkunen/12684133474/
photo credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/vinothchandar/10833890384/

Bright-Side Of The Web: Environmental Solution?

In this time of environmental crisis, we need many solutions.

And the more problems that each solution can address the better.

Akinori Ito, a Japanese inventor, has developed a machine that addresses three of our top environmental issues:

  1. over-abundance of plastic garbage
  2. CO2 emissions
  3. need for oil

Watch and be amazed.

What do you think? Is he on to something?

Stop sharing those silly cat videos and share this one! 

video credit: YouTube